White Birch Berliner Weisse | White Birch Brewing

BA SCORE
83
good
463 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
White Birch Berliner WeisseWhite Birch Berliner Weisse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States
whitebirchbrewing.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our approach was to brew this beer with Lactobacilius for a refreshing and authentic interpretation of a classic summer refresher.

Added by barleywinebrewer on 06-22-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
463
Reviews:
141
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
16.21%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
50
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 463 |  Reviews: 141
Photo of tpauer
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MacStinson
4.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: In a red wine glass. Orangy-gold with a quickly disapating white head. Clear.
Smell: Mott's apple juice, wine grapes, white wine fruitiness; lemon zest, hard cider, sugary table grapes. Roses. Not sure if that gumball is from the wheat.
Taste: Lemon juice, white wine vinegar, shredded wheat cereal. Raisins in the middle. apple on the end and in the aftertaste. A biting acidity. Salivating.
Feel: Prickly, fine. Featherweight, refreshment. A bit like pop rocks candy.
Overall: If blindfolded, I don't know that I would guess that this is beer. And I don't think that's a bad thing.
It's a bit more complex than most of the American versions of this style that I've had and I think that's coming from the dried fruit flavors on the back of the palatte. This feels complete and balanced even with the acidity. Can't imagine pouring fruit syrup into this.
But does that make it less true to style?
Will drink again.

 921 characters

Photo of timothybarney
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigSmooth12
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DIM
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I went through several packs this summer, this is a great warm weather refresher. Relatively light on the lacto with some white grape skin and lemon zest making making this both very easy to drink quickly and interesting to sip and ponder.

 239 characters

Photo of Stofko1992
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cylinsier
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pours a cloudy lemon golden, half inch of firm white head dissipates quickly to nothing.

Smells of fresh tart lemon and orange citrus and of blueberry and raspberry.

Tastes of lemon, blueberry, orange zest, cracker and sourdough malt.

Light body with light fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

Very nice fruity session sour, great in warm weather and quenches the thirst. Worth trying if you come across it.

 421 characters

Photo of MGibbons
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours the expected pale straw color with little head (as per the style), but was dissapointed by the lack of carbonation as well as noticeable yeast clumps (which is expected with a Belgian / saison / etc, but necessarily a Berliner). Aroma is mild with just some pale malt notes & a little lactic funk. Taste is fine, generic & pedestrain but nothing really "off". To me, Berliners are more about the tartness & snap, and this has neither of those. Really miss that crisp dryness on the feel, it's too slick. There is some sourness but not much og that tart snap, just some vague lacto-vinegar. Drinkable for sure, but much better examples of the style readily available.

 673 characters

Photo of DontLuke
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DeadHead003
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TTripp725
1.88/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a goblet. By appearance, this looks to be a very fizzy yellow beer but it certainly should not be grouped with most beers that get this description. High carbonation can be seen as well as heard, but seems about right in the mouth, partly due to the light body. The aroma is fruity and tart, as is the taste. Moderately high tartness. Clean and very drinkable for style.

 389 characters

Photo of meehandennis
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of anthony23cippy
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours a dark straw to light orange with virtually no head and no lacing. Smell is of fermented apple, pear, and a sour wild berry. Taste is much more sour than the smell, taste of cranberry mixed with prune and very sour partly fermented apples, slight wheat aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fine, a lot more carbonated than I would have expected though I havent had the style before. Overall Ok beer, but I'd prefer a lambic instead. 3.5/5

 469 characters

Photo of Aisha
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of reizorc
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nucleosynthesis
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattsucks
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kalosjakar
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow/straw colored with basically no head. Just a film which even that disappeared fast.

Funky up front, pear, lemon, light peach notes, yeast, bready.

Taste: sour, slightly tart, lemon, pear.

 205 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

White Birch Brewing "Berliner Weisse"
12 oz. can, no production code or freshness dating

Notes: There's not a lot of carbonation to this, which is odd because in general the style is pretty zesty. Maybe they're counting on a bit of fermentation to happen after packaging? As it stands it's quite low at about 1.8 volumes of C02/liter which is what you might expect of a British cask ale. Nice color, but a little more orange than I'd have expected. It's surprisingly clean in the aroma with a little bit of chalky-sour and a touch of wheat. The flavor follows, with the lightly sweetish malt taking a fuller role; and a touch of white grape, some orange, and a bit of lemon further back. It's tart, but not harshly so, and nicely balanced. It's not what I think of when I think of Berliner Weisse, but perhaps that's even better (?), offering a greater accessibility and more malt in exchange for a bit of funkiness. So, again, I have to wonder if this is how it's really supposed to be? Or was it supposed to ferment more? And is it actually 5.5% ABV? That's a touch high as well. So... it's certainly not "an authentic interpretation of a classic summer refresher", but quite charming in it's own way. Had it not been labelled "Berliner Weisse" I'd have scored it much higher; and I'm not sure what the pricing is per case/keg but I'd love to get this for my annual summer pool party.

 1,387 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
White Birch Berliner Weisse from White Birch Brewing
3.64 out of 5 based on 463 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe